The European Fine Art Fair - March 13-24, 2014
Sebastian+Barquet is proud to announce its participation in the Design section at TEFAF 2014 from March 14-23, in Maastricht, Netherlands. S+B will present rare and important work from designers who lived and worked in New Hope, Pennsylvania and the greater Delaware Valley.
Initially coming to prominence as a mill town along the Delaware River in the 18th century, New Hope, Pennsylvania grew to be amongst the most significant artist colonies of the United States becoming known for ‘Pennsylvanian Impressionism’ or the ‘New Hope School’ of landscape painting in the early 20th Century. Attracted by the picturesque Delaware Valley, painters that co-existed with the workers of the now defunct mills and workshops, exchanged inspiration and ideas through a once strategic route between New York and Philadelphia.
A new phase in the town’s development as an artistic locus began in 1939 when an old mill building was transformed into the Bucks County Playhouse, heralding the emergence of the performing arts in the town, thereby joining the numerous visual artists that already lived and worked in the vicinity, and attracting new visitors. It was during this milieu of renewed artistic expression and creativity in New Hope and its surrounding area, that leading luminaries of the American studio craft movement would settle, interact and produce defining works of the immediate post-war period.
Graduates of American architecture and art schools that gained seminal importance within the discourse of design history: George Nakashima, Paul Evans and Philip Lloyd Powell, as well as Harry Bertoia, Wharton Esherick and Toshiko Takaezu who resided in the nearby Delaware Valley, are key protagonists of American design at arguably its most influential point in the twentieth century. Incorporating nature, both in material composition and as a form source, their works drew on the bucolic surroundings that inspired generations of artists before them while eschewing parochialism and imitative styles in modern, innovative designs.
Sebastian + Barquet will present a selection of works at TEFAF 2014 intended to reflect the full range of works executed by the designers of New Hope in the early post-war period. The breadth of their vision, skill and innovation is evident in pieces such as a rare and early wall-mounted cabinet by Phil Powell and Paul Evans, produced during the brief period in the 1950s when they shared a storefront, and a fine Cross-legged desk by George Nakashima, from 1987, featuring a dramatic French olive ash free-form top.
JENS PRAET: SUBSTANCE
Sebastian+Barquet to Host Jens Praet’s First New York Solo Show
May 9 - June 13, 2014
Sebastian+Barquet, together with Industry Gallery, is pleased to announce ‘Substance’, a solo show of work by designer Jens Praet. Opening May 9th, 2014, the show will introduce an edition of Praet’s ‘Shredded’ furniture made exclusively from copies of Art+Auction magazine. ‘Substance’ will also feature work from Praet’s ‘Dressed’, and ‘Processus’ series, including several pieces made specifically for Sebastian+Barquet.
An opening reception will be held at Sebastian+Barquet at 6 o’clock in the evening on May 9th, 2014. The artist will be in attendance.
PRESS RELEASE here.